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Atlanta Press Club to hold debate in U.S. Senate runoff election

A Georgia voting sticker as shown on the state's voting information webpage at georgia.gov/voting.

By John Ruch

Update: This debate has been canceled due to lack of confirmation from either candidate.

The Atlanta Press Club (APC) will hold a Nov. 21 debate in the U.S. Senate runoff election between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

The Dec. 6 runoff may determine which party’s majority controls the Senate, depending on the outcomes of races in Arizona and Nevada where counting was still underway on Nov. 11.

The debate is part of APC’s Loudermilk-Young Debate Series. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will air live on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB); the GPB website; and the APC Facebook page.

Neither candidate has yet confirmed attendance, according to APC. The organization held a debate in the race in October, before the general election. Warnock and Libertarian Chase Oliver, who was eliminated on Nov. 8, attended. Walker did not, but an empty podium was left on stage on his behalf and the other candidates were allowed to ask rhetorical questions to him, following APC rules. Those rules would be followed in the runoff debate as well.

The race is headed to a runoff under state law because no candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote. Warnock led the three candidates with about 49.4 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. In the runoff, whoever gets the most votes will win.

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